Mocobizscene- Indiana State Police trooper Azariah Keith returned to his residence on Monday night. After being struck by an SUV on the I-65 southbound while assisting a motorist with a tire change, he underwent an extensive two-week hospitalization at Eskenazi Hospital. State police reported that he sustained significant injuries.
At approximately 8:45 p.m. on January 20th, Keith stopped his vehicle to assist a pedestrian who needed help changing a flat tire on the left side of I-65 southbound, close to the intersection of 30th Street and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street. To ensure the safety of everyone involved, another trooper arrived at the scene to block off the left lane and manage traffic flow. Keith successfully aided in changing the tire, which took approximately thirty minutes to complete.
While he was stowing away his equipment in the trunk, a 2018 Chevrolet Equinox came speeding towards the area. According to a statement released on January 21 by the State Police, the Equinox veered around the trooper who had blocked the left lane, but then lost control and collided with the concrete median. Subsequently, it struck Keith and his police car.
State troopers provided assistance in moving trooper Keith’s personal belongings on Monday as he was being wheeled out of the hospital. Keith is eager to return to his wife and two young children. The state police have stated that he faces a challenging road to recovery, but he maintains an optimistic outlook and remains in good spirits.
Armaandeep Singh, a 22-year-old resident of Indianapolis, has been charged in Marion Superior Court 21 with two felony counts of OWI causing serious bodily injury and a misdemeanor count of reckless driving causing bodily injury. The charges stem from an incident involving Singh, who was driving an Equinox at the time. His next court hearing is scheduled for April 16.
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